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    Australian to be executed in Singapore

    CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian man convicted of drugs charges in Singapore has lost his final appeal for clemency and will be executed, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Friday.

    Nguyen Tuong Van, 25, was sentenced to death in March 2004 after being convicted for smuggling almost 400 grams (0.9 lb) of heroin from Vietnam. He was arrested at Singapore's Changi Airport in December 2002, where he was in transit for Australia.

    Downer, Prime Minister John Howard and Governor-General Michael Jeffery had all pleaded for clemency for Nguyen, who will become the first Australian to be executed for drugs charges in Southeast Asia since 1993.

    "We are very sad that this has happened. We have done our best, we have done everything we can to save his life," Downer told reporters in Adelaide. "The execution is expected to be carried out fairly quickly, which is the custom in Singapore."

    Australia is a staunch opponent of the death penalty but Singapore, known for its tough stand against crime, mandates the death penalty for murder and drug trafficking.

    Nguyen's Melbourne-based lawyer Lex Lasry said the Singapore decision was devastating for Nguyen, his family and "anyone who values humane treatment of their fellow human beings."

    "Death by hanging is hideous. Further, it is grossly out of proportion to the crime committed," he said in a statement, adding that Nguyen had admitted his guilt and cooperated with authorities.

    "We call on the Singapore government to reverse this decision. We make this call in the name of fairness and justice."

    But Downer said there was little more Australia could do.

    "This was a decision made by the Singapore Cabinet and the President, consistent with the laws and constitution of Singapore," Downer said.

    Two other Australians, Mai Cong Thanh, 46, and Nguyen Van Chinh, 45, remain on death row in Vietnam after being convicted for drug smuggling.

    In 1986, Malaysia executed Australian drug smugglers Kevin Barlow and Brian Chambers by hanging in a high-profile case that sparked a major diplomatic row after then Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke described the death sentence as "barbaric."

    The last Australian to be executed in Southeast Asia was Michael McAuliffe, who went to the gallows in Malaysia in 1993 for drug trafficking.

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    sick, I hate drugs, but I also hate barbaric methods of death penalty such as hanging, decapitation, etc.....its so third world...
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    don't fuk with singapore.

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    I agree the method of death is pretty horrific. But, these people should have and almost certainly did know the consequences of their actions. Don't do drugs or smuggle them into Singapore. I spent a year in Taiwan and it was made very clear that drugs are not tolerated when I filled out my customs declaration. In fact, it says pretty explicitly, drug offences are punishable by death.

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    It's only a shock because you aren't accustomed to these types of sentences. When you go into someone else's home, you play by their rules.

    BTW, what's the crime rate like in Singapore? With such severe punishments, who the hell would want to fuck up?!?!
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    The crime rate is pretty low. Remember that kid that got caned for vandalism? I think he spray painted some cars or buildings.
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    I wounder what the crime rate is there? Most deffinetly slim in regards to drugs.

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    Sweet! They don't fuck around and you don't have to babysit all these punkasses who distrurb shit.

    You fuck up=government beats your ass haha
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    Holy shit, it's been almost 12 years since that caning story happened.

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    I seriously think that stiffer penalties in regards to bigger crimes is needed in some instences, not saying that this guy diserves it but, It would IMO "clean" up some troubled individuals and force people to look at the options and weigh the ramifications of there actions.

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    ^^^ did that dude get the rope? HAHAAHHAHA never mind. I would have got in on that action.........BAMBOO style stupid vandals.

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    canada needs to incorporate so stiffer actions though...some of the stuff people do here and get away with is rediculous.. prisons here are similar to resorts...look at jails in russia and india...if we had stuff like that here our crime rate would drop like crazy. some people commit crimes here knowing very well that all they get is a slap on the wrist...its stupid.
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    The ratan, a length of bamboo up to 8ft long, leaves those who receive it scarred for life both physically and mentally. Less serious offences of drug possession, violence, damage, anti-social behaviour and secret society membership may be punished by its use.
    He got hit with this "ratan" 6 times!

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    Actually, the stick is really only 1.2 metres long. (About 4 feet)

    Mr. Fay was actually only struck 4 times. His sentenced was reduced due to the pleas of then president Clinton.

    IMO, he took it like a man. I remember following the story quite well.

    Anyhow, the only country you can go to and not follow the rules is Canada. Canada is the one place where our politicians will bend over backwards and CHANGE laws so whatever your stupid custom is will be accepted. Everywhere else, you play by the rules or you could lose your life.

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    well if you think THIS is serious, try smuggling boose or a dirty mag into saudi arabia... TRY IT!

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    Originally posted by AcuraTl
    well if you think THIS is serious, try smuggling boose or a dirty mag into saudi arabia... TRY IT!
    what did they do to you?

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    lived in singapore for 7 years, hardcore mad skillz dictatorship

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    Originally posted by l8braker


    what did they do to you?
    well lets say i had to learn to type with my left hand

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    Originally posted by AcuraTl


    well lets say i had to learn to jerk off with my left hand
    fixed your post

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    ^^^
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